Over the past few days I have come across several things that remind me of how important women are to the Christian faith.
Among them was a Movie, One Night with the King, about Ester saving here people from Destruction. A blog entry about Bishop Brigid, one of the few female Bishops and another Blog entry from Jr Woodward about a new blog for Women leaders.
It strikes me that God’s power is not limited by gender. God designed everyone to be called to his service in some way. The Movie One Night with the King is a dramatization of the story of Ester. Originally a jewish slave and then chosen to become Queen to King Xerxes. She discovers a plot that all the jews are to be killed throughout Persia. She pleads before the King in a way that only a women can do and saves her people from destruction. It is a rather good movie and fairly accurate with the story in the bible. Read the story if you get a chance.
The entry about Bishop Brigid is from a Priest in England. The Protestant faith has many ties to Celtic and English tradition. Among them many of the Feast for Saints and Bishops. Feb. 1st is actually the Feast of Bishop Brigid of Kildare. Here slice from his Blog.
Brigid was ordained a Bishop when she and a group of women went to Bishop Mel to receive the veil, a symbol of clothing to demonstrate their commitment to a life of service as religious women. As the other women were receiving the veil, Brigid held back so that she was the last to whom a veil would be given. Instead of saying the prayer as he did to the other woman, Bishop Mel spoke the words that ordained Brigid as a Bishop. Such an event was unheard of in the church given that only men could be ordained priests or bishops, yet Brigid was recognised in her lifetime as a Bishop of the church.
—excerpt from MadPriest Blog.
The other Entry I read from Jr’s Blog was about the new Blog sponsored by Christianity Today called Gifted for Leadership. I’m excited about this new resource for women. Of the women I’ve known in ministry most have a powerful faith and devotion to the Lord. Women definitely have a unique perspective and deal with Issues Men can’t fully comprehend. Women are something to celebrate. I read again and again of women who are strong and courageous. When a Woman is mentioned in the bible is usually for acts of great faith and strength. Here is an excerpt from Amy Simpson, Executive Editor of Resources about some of the things she hopes this Blog with Highlight.
Biblical truthóWe always look at leadership issues through a biblical lens.
RealityóWe are realistic about the issues, struggles, challenges, opportunities, and joys women leaders face.
HonestyóWe are committed to addressing reality with honesty and without apology.
RedemptionóWe express ourselves without bitterness. When speaking from personal pain, we point to hope and
Healingóeven if our healing process is incomplete. This is not a forum for mere arguments or expressions of personal anguish.
LoveóWe care about women in leadership and want to make personal connections with them.
EquippingóWe help women get better, and more confident, in what they do.
EncouragementóWe want women to feel good about the gifts God has given them, and we help them see how they can use those gifts. We love and root for the church and its people.
ChallengeóWe challenge women to use their leadership gifts, pursue spiritual growth, and think deeply.
UnityóWe help women rise above the arguments and judgments about where they should lead. Instead, we agree that we are all obligated to use our gifts in the ways God has called us to do so.
I would like to close this Entry with a short prayer.
Help us all to recognize and cherish the women in our lives
encourage their hearts so that they may do great things